The Los Angeles Angels are clicking on every cylinder right now—even the injury rehabilitation cylinder.
After securing their eighth straight victory Sunday afternoon, Mike Scioscia's squad delivered more encouraging news when it revealed that ace Jered Weaver will soon return from the disabled list.
The news comes via the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin:
The rich get richer.
Much like last year, the Angels—after an active offseason—stumbled out of the gates to an atrocious start. Due in part to Weaver hitting the DL with a fractured left elbow, they lost eight of their first 10 and dropped all the way to 15-27 in the middle of May.
Since that point, however, they have caught fire, jumped to 23-27 and quickly climbed back to within nine games of the first-place Texas Rangers.
Weaver's return should only help them continue to close that gap.
The 30-year-old righty struggled in his only two starts this season, giving up six runs on nine hits and six walks through 11 innings before his injury. But history suggests those numbers are nothing but an anomaly.
Last year, Weaver was second in the league with 20 wins while compiling a 2.81 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He finished third in Cy Young voting—the third consecutive year he finished in the top five—and even received a ninth-place vote for MVP.
He has been a stud for the majority of his seven-year career and will undoubtedly help improve L.A.'s team ERA of 4.43, which ranks near the bottom of the league.
With Jerome Williams pitching superbly in Weaver's stead, it will likely be Joe Blanton losing his rotation spot. The veteran is 1-7 with a 6.19 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 10 starts.